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Friday, July 19, 2013

6 Daiquiris for National Daiquiri Day

Photo: Katie Burnett

Calling to mind sun-bleached umbrellas, soft white sand and the turquoise waters of the tropics, the Daiquiri is the ultimate summer cocktail. Forget about those frozen, sticky-sweet variations and instead mix up a true classic. Here, in honor of National Daiquiri Day, are six of our favorite variations.

As simple a cocktail as they come, there’s a reason the Daiquiri is a classic. Fresh lime juice and a bit of simple syrup brighten and soften a good pour of white rum.

Ernest Hemingway loved his rum, and this version of the Daiquiri is how he liked to drink it.  Spiked with a bit of grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur, it’s a bit more complex than the classic, but just as reviving.

By swapping in an aged rum for the more traditional white and adding a dash of bitters and herbsaint,  the Portland, Ore. bar The Rum Club has created a true original inspired by the classic.

Juicy fresh watermelon is muddled with a Thai chile pepper in this vibrantly hued, spicy-cool adaptation.

This little-known Daiquiri adaptation comes from Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Guide and specifies Jamaican rum and a honey syrup in place of the more typical simple syrup. Slightly richer than the traditional, but just as enticing.

A sophisticated twist on the Hemingway Daiquiri, this cocktail from San Francisco's Jon Gasparini features rich Jamaican rum, maraschino and splash of grapefruit cordial.